Bao Lam is a highland district, the northern border of Vietnam, where the clear blue Gam River captivates the souls of many travelers. With the potential of wild, majestic natural landscape and unique traditional national cultural identity. This land full of grandeur and poetry is one of the precious gems of the border region.
1. Where is Bao Lam?
Bao Lam is a border district in Cao Bang province, located in the Northeast of Vietnam. About 150 km northwest of Cao Bang city and about 370 km north of Hanoi capital. With geographical location:
- The East borders Bao Lac district and Bach Sac city, Guangxi province of China with a border of about 8 km long
- The West borders Yen Minh district and Bac Me district in Ha Giang province.
- The South borders Na Hang district, Tuyen Quang province and Pac Nam district, Bac Kan province.
- The North borders Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province.
2. How is Bao Lam Unique?
Bao Lam is located in the middle of three famous national tourist areas recognized by UNESCO: Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark (Ha Giang), Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark and Ba Be Lake National Park (North Kan).
With a special geographical location, Bao Lam has many beautiful natural landscapes, from primeval forests to large waterfalls. This is one of the popular destinations in Cao Bang tours.
With a large area and diverse terrain, Bao Lam has many destinations to attract tourists, including ecotourism areas, historical and cultural relics, as well as places to explore life. Cultural and ethnic life of Ban Thong people – one of the ethnic minorities settled here.
In addition, Bao Lam also has many cafes and restaurants serving attractive local dishes, along with adventure tourism activities. Such as mountain climbing, trekking or participating in walking tours to protected areas. nature survival.
3. When is the best time to travel to Bao Lam?
You can travel to Bao Lam – Cao Bang any season of the year, each season has its own unique beauty. According to our experience, the best season is from September to April of the following year, when the weather is cool, favorable for enjoying the beauty of mountains and waterfalls.
Cao Bang at this time not only has a cool climate with little rain, but also offers majestic scenery with powerful waterfalls. This is also the ideal time for “virtual living” photos at famous waterfalls.
- If you want to experience the blooming season, the last two months of the year are a good choice. Bright buckwheat flowers and wild sunflowers create a wonderful natural picture. Winter also brings a cold experience, with images of white snow and ice covering the mountains.
- Especially in March, the rice flower season, the rice flower trees bloom bright red on both sides of the river. It’s creating a romantic scene like small fires lighting up the sun into giant peach blossom trees.
- Summer comes with cool, clear blue water mixed with sparkling sunlight shining on the water’s surface, illuminating the whole area of blue sky and blue water, charming mountains and water.
4. How to get to Bao Lam – Cao Bang
4.1 By personal vehicle:
For long distance enthusiasts who love adventure and adventure and want to experience every wonderful route, rent a motorbike in Hanoi to explore Bao Lam – Cao Bang.
Detailed instructions for cars:
From Hanoi, take the Hanoi – Lang Son highway, get to Lang Son, then turn and follow Highway 4 to reach Cao Bang. From Cao Bang, you continue to follow Highway 34 and 4A to reach Bao Lam.
Detailed instructions for motorbikes:
Moving across Nhat Tan bridge, joining Hanoi – Thai Nguyen expressway. Continue on Thai Nguyen – Cho Moi highway to Bac Kan, follow National Highway 3 to Phu Thong – Ngan Son – Cao Bang. Coming to Cao Bang city, you continue to follow Highway 34 and 4A to reach Bao Lam.
Note: For tourists traveling by motorbike, don’t forget to prepare all the equipment and check the vehicle carefully and make sure you have a steady handle on mountainous roads with many steep passes before starting. Itinerary to ensure safety for your long trip.
4.2. By public transportation:
You can go to bus stations such as My Dinh and Giap Bat in Hanoi to catch a bus to Cao Bang or a high-class limousine will pick you up at your hotel to move to Cao Bang city.
From Cao Bang city, visitors can continue to catch a car within the province to travel. Or can also rent a motorbike here to get to Bao Lam. When traveling by motorbike, you can take control of your journey and have the opportunity to admire the beautiful natural scenery along the road.
5. Sightseeing & things to do in Bao Lam
5.1. Cruising on Gam River
Gam River is a tributary of Bach Nam Ha River originating from Guangxi province, China, starting to flow into Vietnam in Co Ba commune, Bao Lac town, Bao Lac district, Cao Bang province. Gam River is located on National Highway 34, 164 km from Cao Bang city.
Coming to Bao Lam, visitors can experience boating tours on the Gam River. Especially in March, the rice flower trees bloom bright red on both sides of the river, creating a romantic scene like small fires lighting up the sun into giant peach blossom trees. In the summer, the cool, clear blue water interspersed with sparkling sunlight shining on the water’s surface, lighting up the whole area of blue sky and blue water, charming mountains and water.
5.2. Phieng Muong grass hill
Phieng Muong grass hill is located in Quang Lam commune, Bao Lam district, 160 km from Cao Bang city. Each season will have its own beauty, but October is said to be the most beautiful time of the year. At this time, the grass is tall and green, creating a large, soft space that curves more when the wind blows.
Early in the morning, visitors have the opportunity to watch the clouds floating under the hillside with the rising sunlight, dew drops remaining on the grass, bringing a feeling of relaxation to the soul.
Sitting on the top of the hill watching the gentle, peaceful, winding Gam River, the boats moving on the river like a vivid landscape painting.
5.3. Phja Da peak
Phja Da Mountain is considered the roof of Cao Bang province, with an altitude of 1,976m above sea level, located in 2 communes: Son Lap (Bao Lac district) and Thai Son (Bao Lam district).
At the top of Phja Da, every year an ice phenomenon appears that makes many tourists come to admire it. The white snowflakes on the tree tops and grass banks make visitors feel like they are lost in Europe right in the Non Nuoc Cao Bang region.
5.4. Lung Lon Cave
Lung Lon Cave, also known as Fairy Cave, was discovered in Ly Bon commune in 2016. The highlight of Lung Lon cave are the naturally formed stalactites that look very beautiful with many very vivid shapes. This is one of the caves with spectacular beauty, worthy of being an interesting destination for those who love to explore.
5.5. Thach Lam Waterfall
Thach Lam Waterfall is one of the most famous and beautiful tourist destinations in Bao Lam, Cao Bang. It’s not huge like Ban Gioc waterfall. But the waterfall flows rapidly, creating white splashes of water and creating a roaring sound throughout the area.
When standing in front of the waterfall, the feeling of relaxation, comfort and sublimation will flood in, creating a space full of vitality and positive energy.
Thach Lam Waterfall will be a wonderful experience for those who love excitement and seek connection with nature.
5.6. Wild bat caves
Wild Bat Cave is one of the interesting destinations for those who love adventure and discovery. When entering the cave, visitors will be immersed in a dark and mysterious space, where thousands of bats live and fly around.
The cold and thrilling feeling of walking through stone tunnels along with the terrifying screams of bats will create an unforgettable experience for those looking for new emotions on their trip.
5.7. Bao Lam bullfighting festival
Every January 20 (lunar calendar), people in Pac Mieu town, Bao Lam district, Cao Bang province jubilantly hold a bull fighting festival. Coming to the festival, viewers will be fascinated by the dramatic matches of the “bull fighters”.
People here are famous for their talent in raising cows, and it is also because of that tradition of good cow raising that has helped people have a unique festival. The bull fighting festival attracts thousands of tourists from all over every spring.
Bao Lam district bullfighting festival has the meaning of bringing excitement to everyone to enter a new year. It’s also an opportunity for people to pray for good weather and prosperous business.
5.8. Pac Miau market
Visit Pac Miau market – a trading place for ethnic minorities Dao, H’Mong, San Chi, Lo Lo… living around the area. Here, we met gentle and hospitable people.
During the markets, ethnic minorities, colorful in their traditional costumes… from remote villages bring products that their families grow and raise to the market to exchange goods. creates a bustling atmosphere.
5.9. Bao Lam buffalo market
Not far from Pac Mieu market, Bao Lam buffalo and cow market is famous for its bustle on the banks of Gam River. The buffaloes, plump and round, with prominent shoulders and shiny black skin, are led to the market by their owners, mostly men, but also a few women acting as buyers and sellers.
6. Specialties when traveling to Bao Lam
Bao Lam is also a land with very unique agricultural specialties. Such as “blood” plums and yellow pears in Vinh Phong, Yen Tho, Thai Son and Thai Hoc communes that have different delicious qualities compared to other regions due to the climate and soil.
Yen Tho land has a famous product, famous near and far, which is black sticky rice. The rice grain has a dark purple color, a round, shiny belly and when cooked has a very characteristic aroma.
The dishes of ethnic minorities in Bao Lam district are also very diverse and rich, notably Men Men of the H’Mong ethnic group, smoked pork, sour meat, roasted duck, roasted pork, sausages… of Tay and Nung ethnic groups. Regarding natural specialties from Bao Lam forest, there are fresh bamboo shoots, dried bamboo shoots and specialty forest vegetables.
7. Traditional culture of ethnic people in Bao Lam
Bao Lam has 9 main ethnic groups, ethnic minorities account for over 98%. Among them, the Lo Lo ethnic group lives mainly in the hamlets of Ca Dong, Ca Pen A, Ca Pen B, and Ca Meng of Duc Hanh commune. Although only accounting for about 2.01% of the district’s population, Lo Lo people have a rich history of culture, beliefs, customs and practices with drum dance performances, folk songs, and embroidered local costumes. Cam, unique residential architecture.
Bao Lam maintains and promotes the cultural beauty of traditional festivals. Such as: “Long Tong” Festival of the Tay and Nung ethnic groups in the communes of Mong An, Yen Tho, Vinh Quang, Ly Bon, Nam Quang and Pac Mieu town. “Praying for Rain” Festival of the Lo Lo ethnic group in Duc Hanh commune; “Cau Sac” festival of the San Chi ethnic group, Yen Tho commune, Mong An…
Visitors to Bao Lam will visit the cultural village, discover the unique culture of ethnic minorities. Such as learning about the traditional cultural beauty of the Lo Lo ethnic group in Duc Hanh commune.
Currently, Duc Hanh has 4 hamlets with over 200 Lo Lo ethnic households living there. The Lo Lo people here still retain the traditional culture of the small ethnic minority. Including: housing architecture, living habits, farming, production, costumes, cultural festivals, appropriate for types of tourism to visit, experience, research,…
8. Accommodation when traveling to Bao Lam
When traveling to Bao Lam, choosing a suitable place to stay is a question many tourists ask. Bao Lam is a pristine and relatively new destination where the types of accommodation here are mainly motels and most are concentrated in Pac Mieu town to make it convenient for tourists to move between destinations. You can refer to some accommodation facilities below when traveling to Bao Lam:
- Duc Anh Guesthouse. Address: Pac Mieu Town, Bao Lam, Cao Bang.
- Viet Tuan Guest House. Address: Highway 34, Pac Mieu Town, Bao Lam, Cao Bang.
- Guest house of Bao Lam district People’s Committee. Address: Pac Mieu Town, Bao Lam, Cao Bang.
- Hong Hu Guesthouse. Address: Pac Mieu Town, Bao Lam, Cao Bang.
- Le Chi Guesthouse. Address: Pac Mieu Town, Bao Lam, Cao Bang.
- Le Chi Guesthouse. Address: Pac Mieu Town, Bao Lam, Cao Bang.
Above is an article shared by Origin Vietnam about the top tourist destinations in Bao Lam (Cao Bang). With its wild and majestic beauty along with the unique traditional culture of the ethnic minorities here. We hope you will have moments of relaxation and fun with friends and relatives when visiting famous places here.
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